I decided to switch to first person perspective in my writing. It’s the style of writing I’m most comfortable with, and I’m surprised I hadn’t done it before now. I hope that it works out better than the past chapters, and hopefully allows me to be more detailed. Let me know what you think!
The sun shone brightly in through my living room window filling the house with its golden glow. I smiled, the most genuine smile that I’ve had on my face in a long time.
Now that Milo was in jail, and Cole was back where he belonged, I had a party to plan! Today was Cole’s birthday, and I was excited to plan his party. It was hard to believe that two short days ago I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see Cole again. This party wasn’t just a party, it was our new beginning–a way for things to finally get back to normal in our family!
After all the excitement of the past week, I thought a small intimate gathering was best, considering the news crews still hovered around waiting for an exclusive interview. A small gathering with family–and of course Detective White.
“Call me Shane.” He had told me last night. I smiled feeling like a school girl with a crush. I hadn’t felt like that since high school.
I even baked a cake which if you have ever tasted my cooking before, was something of a miracle! I blew up balloons and placed them all around to look festive.
Cole wasn’t awake yet. I wanted the house to be decorated and everything ready so he’d be surprised. I could hear my little man stirring in his crib.
“Thanks for coming everyone.” I smiled brightly at my family feeling like myself again.
“Where is my little birthday boy!” Lucy said reaching her arms out for Cole. His blue eyes lit up like light bulbs. He loved Nana!
“Where is Detective Hottie?” Brennan asked winking, looking down at the cake.
I blushed. “He should be here soon. And don’t call him that!” I scolded even though it was true.
“Why not?” Brennan asked innocently. “He is hot no?”
“Well yeah he is-but.” I stuttered my cheeks warming. “So Aaron!” I said a little too loudly. “Where is Shawn? She feeling ok?” I changed the subject away from Detective Hottie.
“She’s feeling great.” Aaron said with a smile. “She’s getting tired of being pregnant, and is ready to pop at any minute.”
There was a knock on the door, and I saw through the glass that Detective White–Shane. Had arrived. I blushed as Brennan brushed past me and gave me a knowing look.
“Please don’t embarrass me.” I begged my sister.
“You embarrassed me all through high school.” Brennan laughed. “You know what they say about pay back.”
“I’m glad you could make it.” I smiled at Shane as I let him in.
“Thanks for inviting me.” Shane said in his deep voice that sent chills down to my toes.
“It’s the least I could do after what you did.” I said looking up to meet his gaze.
He has beautiful eyes, I thought looking into his light green eyes. I felt my heart give a little thump in my chest.
“Time to blow out your candles Cole!” I picked him up so he could blow out the candles on his cake.
Everyone clapped and cheered as we watched Cole age into a child.
Part of my birthday gift to Cole was a new bedroom! Gone were the baby items and crib, just an empty spot for him to choose his own furniture. I also had got him an MP3 player.
“Thanks mom!” Cole cheered taking the present. “This is awesome!” He gave me a huge hug and I smiled like any mother would do at her child’s happiness.
Brennan and Aaron gave Cole a new video game system for his room.
“Play with me mom!” Cole was so excited he was practically vibrating across the floor.
“Alright!” I laughed. “Just one game, it’s not polite to our guests to play video games the entire time. You need to socialize!”
“Just one game!” He promised.
“One game.” I nodded.
Through the open door I could see Shane talking with Aaron and Brennan. I was happy they were getting along.
Everything got chaotic minutes later when Aaron got a phone call from Shawn. She was in labor! I watched Aaron jump around and panic. My mom was beaming with excitement. They were going to run up to the hospital to be with Shawn. Cole was going with, as he was excited to meet his first cousin! He was happy they would share the same birthday!
The house was empty except Shane and I. I stood across from Shane awkwardly, looking down at my toes. I didn’t get tongue-tied very often, but right now it felt like my tongue was tied in knots. You are so out of flirting practice, I thought blushing, It’s like riding a bike. I hoped.
“Do you think you’d want to go out sometime?” He asked his cheeks were tinged pink, it warmed my heart to think I was not the only one embarrassed. “With me I mean.” He finished quickly.
I smiled. “Yeah, that would be great.” I was grateful I didn’t have to make the first move.
The next morning I woke up feeling excited as I was going on my first date with Shane. I also had a new niece, Shawn had given birth to a healthy baby girl. They named her Cordelia Samantha Gallagher. I couldn’t wait to meet her.
I got dressed in a bright pattered top, and let my hair down from its usual pony tail. I gave my head a shake enjoying the way the silken tresses felt on my neck.
“Hey there!” I said into the phone when it rang.
“Lets meet at my place and then go into town.” Shane said his voice humming pleasantly in my ear.
“I’ll see you in a bit.” I smiled, grateful that Cole was spending the day with my mom at her house.
The drive over to Shane’s was short as he didn’t live far. His house was small, but cute, and right on the river. He had a gorgeous view of the river, and the town beyond!
His house was small, but clean. I don’t know why I expected it to be filthy on the inside. Maybe that’s because Milo had been a slob, and he was the last person I had dated.
“I expected naked lady posters on the wall, and pizza boxes stacked all over.” I admitted honestly with a little laugh.
“I just took down all my naked lady posters, because you were coming over.” Shane laughed. “There was one pizza box though.” He admitted.
“Are you ready to head out?” He asked.
“Can I use your bathroom real quick?”
“Yeah go ahead. Door is behind me.”
“Not that door!” Shane said in a panicky sounding voice as I opened the door to his bedroom.
My paintings, I thought starting at the familiar canvas’ on the floor and on the walls. But how? Why?
I recognized these particular paintings from the ones I had sold at the art gallery. He didn’t strike me as an art thief, considering he was a cop.
Did he buy all these? I wondered…
“I can explain.” Shane said nervously scratching his neck and looking down at the ground.
“Did you buy all my paintings?” I asked incredulously.
“Yeah.” He admitted looking into my eyes directly.
“But why? You don’t seem like an art collector, and it’s not like I’m famous or anything.” I said.
He blushed. “It’s not that. I saw you one day. With Cole, at the park across from the gallery. I saw you head into the Gallery, and I followed you in. I wasn’t stalking you I promise!” He said quickly. “I was going to introduce myself, you were talking to the gallery guy and I heard you talking about wanting to sell your paintings.” He paused. “Long story short, I ended up buying all your paintings as a way to maybe get to talk to you someday.”
My heart warmed. This was without a doubt the most sweetest thing any man had done for me in my entire life. I don’t know what possessed me to kiss him, but I’m glad I did. His lips were warm, soft and firm. He returned the kiss opening his mouth to mine as our tongues touched. I felt my body go limp like a wet noodle.
The inside of my car felt way too hot, or maybe it was Shane sitting beside me. As I drove into town to the restaurant I couldn’t help but look at him out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t think the grin on my face would ever go away!
“So did you even like my paintings?” I teased him outside the restaurant as he held my hands in his.
“Well I’m definitely not an arty type, but yeah I like them. I like that you actually paint pictures of things instead of just random splashes of color on a canvas and call it art.”
“Abstract.” I said laughing. “Yeah, I’m not fond of those either, I like landscapes and nature scenes.”
It was so easy to talk to him. The conversation went easily from one topic to the next.
After the restaurant, we walked around downtown Morreaux while the sun set behind us. The sunset was gorgeous, and a slight breeze blew in from across the river.
When I got home that night I could feel the biggest smile plastered to my face. It was one of the best nights and dates of my life. I couldn’t wait to see him again.
A month had passed, Shane and I were now in a committed relationship, and my paintings were more popular than ever, since the kidnapping scandal. The Gallery was more than eager to throw me a party. I was never one to turn down a party and the chance to dress fancy, even though I was more of a jean and t-shirt kind of girl.
Cole grumbled about having to wear a suit and comb his hair, but I relished in the chance to wear evening wear, and fancy pearls. I loved being in the spot light, and being the center of attention was a welcome feeling.
The party was catered, and even had a bar! The Gallery really had gone all out!
I didn’t drink often. My past with Milo made me weary of alcohol, but I could use a little liquid courage now, as this event ment a lot to me. My career depended on this night. If none of my paintings sold, I would be the laughing-stock of Morreaux!
“Wine spritzer please.” I told the bar tender.
“Cole doesn’t look too happy.” Brennan observed watching as Cole raided the buffet table, with a little scowl on his face.
I laughed. “Yeah he’s a little out of his element, he hates wearing a suit. I had to wrestle him into the shower today.”
“Where is your hot cop?” Brennan asked.
“He’s around mingling. He looks so hot in a tux don’t you think?”
I watched Shane from across the room, happy he was enjoying himself, even though he too, was out of his element. He was more at home on a fishing boat in the middle of a lake then he was dressed up at an Art Gallery. It ment a lot to me that he was willing to step outside his comfort zone and support me.
“He does have a few hot cop friends!” I said nudging my sisters shoulder. “Your not going to stay a spring chicken forever.” I teased. “Gotta get with the program while your still cute.”
Brennan rolled her eyes.
“I hate being set up.” Brennan complained. “Besides, I’m too busy with work to devote myself to any relationship. I’m married to my job.”
“Well you’ve always been kind of a loser.” I laughed. “Just kidding!” I amended.
“Please let me set you up.” I begged.
“Fine.” Brennan backed down. “And that’s just because I don’t want you to call me crazy cat lady anymore.”
One drink was enough to get me tipsy, and I stopped there not wanting to embarrass myself and be known as the town lush.
I stood in front of my paintings while camera’s flashed and enjoyed my time in the spot light.
“I want to get a picture of the two of you together.” My mom said with her camera in hand. My mom was big on taking pictures.
I put my arm around Shane and smiled brightly for the camera.
To my delight, my paintings sold! Every single one of them, and not to Shane this time. I was bursting with happiness!
“congratulations!” Shane murmured sweeping me up for a kiss.
“I knew you would be a success.” He pulled a bouquet of red roses from behind his back and presented them to me with flourish.
“They are gorgeous!” I threw my arms around his neck.
To my complete shock he dropped down to one knee in front of the entire room. His green eyes stared into mine.
I felt like I was going to faint.
“Breelynn Gallagher, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
“Oh my god of course I will!” I jumped up in down like a giddy school girl and flung my arms around his neck like a spider monkey. He spun me around, my feet didn’t touch the floor.
I looked down at the beautiful ring. It was square-cut diamond set in white gold. I loved the way it felt on my finger and twinkled when the lights hit it.
“this must have been a fortune.” I breathed tearing up with emotion.
“Worth every penny.” Shane said, then our lips met.
“Thank you.” I said wrapping my arms around him. Enjoying the way he felt in my arms. The whole room was clapping and cheering but I didn’t hear a single word as I was focused on Shane, and Shane alone.
“I love you.” He said brushing a stray lock of hair off my forehead.
“I love you too.”